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Thursday, February 14, 2013
If the bewilderment of the cardinals was so great, one can imagine how intense the disorientation of the faithful is these days, especially those who have always regarded Benedict XVI as a reference point and now feel somehow “orphaned”, if not downright abandoned, in view of the serious difficulties that the Church faces at the present hour.
Yet the possibility that a Pope could renounce the papal throne was not entirely unexpected. The [then] President of the German Bishops’ Conference, Karl Lehmann, and the [then] Primate of Belgium, Godfried Danneels, had put forward the idea of the “resignation” of John Paul II, when his health had deteriorated. Cardinal Ratzinger, in his 2010 book-length interview Light of the World, had told the German journalist Peter Seewald that if a pope “realizes that he is no longer physically, psychologically, and spiritually capable of handling the duties of his office, then he has a right and, under some circumstances, also an obligation to resign” (p. 30). In 2010, then, fifty Spanish theologians had expressed their support for the Open Letter to the bishops of the whole world by the Swiss theologian Hans Küng with these words:
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
On January 21, with the murder of the King-priest, was consummated what has significantly been called the passionof Louis XVI. It is certainly a crying scandal that the public assassination of a weak but goodhearted man has been presented as a great moment in French history. That scaffold marked no climax—far from it. But the fact remainsthat, by its consequences, the condemnation of the King is at the crux of our contemporary history. It symbolizes thesecularization of our history and the disincarna-tion of the Christian God. Up to now God played a part in historythrough the medium of the kings. But His representative in history has been killed, for there is no longer a king.Therefore there is nothing but a semblance of God, relegated to the heaven of principles.Link to Albert Camus' "The Rebel"....
The revolutionaries may well refer to the Gospel, but in fact they dealt a terrible blow to Christianity, from which ithas not yet recovered. It really seems as if the execution of the King, followed, as we know, by hysterical scenes of suicide and madness, took place in complete awareness of what was being done. Louis XVI seems, sometimes, tohave doubted his divine right, though he systematically rejected any projected legislation which threatened his faith.
But from the moment that he suspected or knew his fate, he seemed to identify himself, as his language betrayed,with his divine mission, so that there would be no possible doubt that the attempt on his person was aimed at the King-Christ, the incarnation of the divinity, and not at the craven flesh of a mere man. His bedside book in the Temple was the Imitation. The calmness and perfection that this man of rather average sensibility displayed during hislast moments, his indifference to everything of this world, and, finally, his brief display of weakness onthe solitary scaffold, so far removed from the people whose ears he had wanted to reach, while the terriblerolling of the drum drowned his voice, give us the right to imagine that it was not Capet who died, butLouis appointed by divine right, and that with him, in a certain manner, died temporal Christianity. To emphasize this sacred bond, his confessor sustained him, in his moment of weakness, by reminding himof his "resemblance" to the God of Sorrows. And Louis XVI recovers himself and speaks in the language of this God: "I shall drink," he says, "the cup to the last dregs." Then he commits himself, trembling, into the hands of an ignoble executioner.
Monday, October 8, 2012
|On the Left: Ueli Maurer is concerned for the security of|
Switzerland (Photo: Flickr/Bundeswehr)
The Swiss Army expects a dramatic escalation in the situation with EU states locked in crisis with effects on the security of Switzerland. This was reported by "Schweitzer Zeitung" on Sunday. The reason: because of diverse austerity measures the armies in southern European states are weakened. Therefore the modernization of neighboring militaries remain on hold. Thus, if the armies were weakened, then the states of Europe could be liable. The Swiss Defense Minister Ueli Maurer said this Sunday during a meeting: "I will not rule out that we we will need the army in the coming years."
The Defense Department VBS shares Mauerer's views. The European crisis increases the potential for violence. In Spain, Greece and Italy, massive unemployment and radicalization of the population is threatening. So regard is given to the warnings of the Greek Premier Antonis Samaras.
Because Switzerland fears intrusion of possible unrest on its soil, it is arming: 100,000 soldiers, 5 billions euro for military spending and the combat jet Gripen are planned for the defense of the Confederation. Against potential unrest, demonstrations and streams of refugees from neighboring European neighbor states, the 2,000 highest officers have been preparing with the maneuver "Stabilo Due". Army Chief of Staff Andre Blattmann has prepared for that reason, with four military police battalions and about 1,600 men to secure four areas on the national border.
Link to Deutsche Wirtschafts Nachrichten...
Sunday, September 30, 2012
The Michelade is the name given to the massacre of 80-90 Catholics, including 24 Catholic priests and monks, by Protestant butchers in Nîmes and Languedoc on Michaelmas (29th and 30th of September) 1567, following their failure to abduct the king and queen mother in the so-called, Surprise of Meaux the previous day and in retaliation for the suppression of their Huguenot beliefs. The name is taken after the feast on which the massacre occurred, after the Archangels.
The September 29, 1567 is the Feast of the Michelade, where a fair was held on the day of the Saint-Michel in Nîmes . Passing near the city, a Protestant merchant of vegetables was insulted by some soldiers and vegetables his trampled. This incident lead to a crowd of protestant peasants and soldiers training companies. Insults and threats were exchanged and turned this crowd into a riot.
The First Consul Guy Rochette, a Catholic, tried in vain to pacify the mob, and was forced to take refuge with Bishop Bernard Elbene. The vicar general and twenty of monks or clerics , were incarcerated. On September 30, 1567, they were kidnapped, killed and thrown into a well in the courtyard of the palace . Men working three centuries later,found the bodies that were piled up at the bottom of the well.
The Rioters also looted Catholic churches in the city, and attempted to demolish the tower of the cathedral by undermining its base. The First Consul stopped this. The Bishop escaped and went overnight at Tarascon , with a Protestant soldier, Jacques Coussinal.
Link to French wiki... H/t: Francisco de Marooned
Saturday, January 21, 2012
Some may want to dwell today on the indisputable greatness of this man who was unjustly struck down by vicious men. Today, it's a time to meditate not so much on the greatness of worldly deeds, but on the smallness of a creator who handed Himself in all His greatness to be scourged for the sins of His creatures. It is this that the noble death of this undeniably great man, puts in mind. His death at the hands of men who hated Our Mother the Church, and used one of its greatest sons as a focus for their venomous hatred.
It wasn't so much his worldly accomplishments which made him a great King. What made him a great King was that he was permitted by God Almighty to participate in the cross of His son and become a shining beacon of Catholic hope shining out on two centuries or the excesses of Revolutionaries and the slaughter of millions of Catholics for their Faith.
It is in this day and age that the inheritors of the Republican tradition continue on with the same spirit of malice, held in the hearts and minds of the same multitude that ordered Christ to be nailed to a cross.